Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Precious gems or worthless stones?

"Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and long suffering with joyfulness;  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son".
Col. 1:11-13 KJV

There is a story of a man who was going on a little journey. His father gave him a bag filled with something, 
saying "this will help you later on".
  Early in the evening the son set out on his way. 
His route brought him along side of the sea shore. He sat down to nourish himself with some bread and cheese as he watched the sun go down. 
When the moon rose he went along his way.  

As he continued he became a little bored, and feeling in the bag his father gave him, he pulled out some stones. 
Thinking they were there just to pass the time away he began to throw and skip them along the water.

It was dawn as he approached his destination. Taking the last stone from his bag he caught a quick sparkle. The light from the morning sun shone on the last stone in his hand and he realized too late what he had been throwing away.

Only now did it dawn on him; 
the incredible value of what he had been given..
Why hadn't he realized from the beginning that his father's gift would never have been for worthless amusement?

This little story ends here 

but for some of us it can be a beginning.
Are you in a season that seems worthless to you? 
Are you thinking to yourself, 
"Where is the value in my pain and suffering"? 
I cannot remember any trial I was ever in, 
that my first instinct was to count it a blessing.

In this story the man could not see that he was tossing away something much more valuable than stones 
because he was walking in the darkness.
If only he had thought on the fact that it was his loving and wise father that had given him the bag.  Then he would have thought on the character and nature of his father. Finally that would have led him to conclude that whatever was in the bag his father has given him- it most certainly was valuable.
Beloved, consider our Heavenly Father. 
He has prepared us for our journey in this life. 
To each of us He gives particular blessings; 
'jewels' that our natural perception may think to be stones,
something worthless, just to endure.
Each trial and challenge gives us the valuable strengths and wisdom for our specific walk.
Let us embrace and cherish our particular 'jewels' in times of darkness when most easily we can mistake them 
as having no value. 
See and the Giver above that which is given, 
then what you have will always reveal its true value.

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